Friday Finds and Favorites: 31 Birthday Reflections

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This is one of my favorite yearly posts that I share. I enjoy reflecting over what I’ve learned each year and areas that I need to grow. So sit back and enjoy the ride!

1) My health and well-being is paramount for my family. I must take care of me, so that I can be the best for my guys and just as important, myself.

2) I’ve become a lot more creative in the kitchen thanks to playing with various diets due to my chronic illnesses.

3) I’ll probably always have an issue with hoarding books. I have gotten better in the sense that, I try to give books to others that I think will enjoy/benefit from them.

4) Water is perfect and I should drink more of it each day.

5) Reading before bed is a much better idea than watching tv.

6) Sleep needs to be a priority.

7) I love myself and the person I’m becoming. I’m excited to “meet her” 😉

8) Compassion goes a long way with people. We all just want to feel loved.

9) White Kit Kats are actually very good, don’t let regular fool you.

10) I love my husband more now than I ever thought possible. He makes me tear up just thinking about the faith he has in me and loving me despite all of my shortcomings.

11) God’s love is even deeper than that. I can’t fathom John’s love for me, so I marvel at my Father’s love.

12) There is still a very huge hole in my heart. Little girls should have an awesome earthly daddy, but that doesn’t always happen.

13) I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to watch John be that kind of dad.

14) I miss my Paw Paw every day. I wish so much that he could’ve met D. I know that he would be so proud of him and amazed at how intelligent he is. He would also love his spirit and how he can never sit still. 😉

15) Therapy is a wonderful thing. It took me too many years to admit that I have issues that need professional help. My therapist has done wonders and I’m so grateful to have her along on this journey.

16) Taking medication is NOT the worst thing in the world. I take 1 pill every day for my anxiety and it helps me so much. It does not mean I’m weak or that I’m a “druggy.”

17) It’s not easy to relive traumatic experiences or learn how to better cope with them.

18) I now know that I can face the demons of my past and win!

19) Moana and Wonder Woman can still inspire the little girl in my heart.

20) I love Sci-Fi. More than I ever realized. It fascinates me and I need to read more works, such as Ray Bradbury.

21) I don’t want to live my life in fear. I will work towards my goals and I will face my fears.

22) I would rescue every injured animal that I could. I wish I could have an animal rescue one day!

23) Exercise is vital. Don’t skip it.

24) Decluttering makes my heart happy. I love giving things away or donating. I’m happy to not hold on to everything.

25) I’m very excited about trying a plant based diet. I’m hoping this will be the right step for me.

26) This will be my first year doing several new things before we hit 2018. I won’t stop!

27) I’m so thankful to God for the hope in my heart. I’m so much happier these days, despite the pain.

28) I wish that I realized this stuff in my 20’s.

29) I have had Moana’s “Where you are” stuck in my head for weeks.

30) I’m a dog and cat person. I’m an animal person.

31) This planet is so important to me. This election has given me pause to want to learn and help with so many issues in any way that I can.

  1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is my devotional time first thing, followed by blogging, and later teaching D.
  2. My least favorite thing on my daily to-do list is folding clothes and washing dishes.
  3. I could really do without hateful people. If you can’t be loving, just don’t speak at all. It’s that simple.
  4. I would love to have more peace and quiet in my life, but that’s not the season I am in. I have learned to enjoy my snippets. Unless we adopt, those days will come far too soon for me.

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Be safe out there!

<3 Anna

My Happy Place and 31 Years in this World!

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While D was away with Nana we took a trip to Asheville, NC. I must say that Asheville is one of the friendliest, most inclusive places I’ve ever visited in the South.

We first enjoyed a tasty lunch at Lenny’s (It’s a local chain that serves subs…Think Firehouse Subs.) They specialize in any Philly cheese steak you can think of and if you know me, you should know that if Philly Cheese steak is on the menu, it’s a must order! We then went by the Visitor’s Center and John had a brilliant idea. He suggested we take the Trolley Tour and we got the Hop on/off stickers that were valid for 2 days. It was perfect for our weekend getaway. The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable of the area. We learned so much and were able to feel like locals because we became so familiar to the area. (I’m hoping we will get to take D with us next time…hopefully, in October.)

Waiting for our trolley! I have to say that this goes in the books for my favorites of all our getaways! <3

We stopped for water, but we will visit again thanks to the white chocolate bread pudding…yum!

The first day we mostly just listened to the tour and ended up hopping off in the Biltmore village. I LOVE the old Christmas store there. It’s where I purchase our Christmas ornaments for our ornament swap each year. After all that touring we were able to check into our room. We stayed in the Red Roof Inn which was conveniently located within walking distance of Cracker Barrel and Dunkin Donuts. (We actually ate at Cracker Barrel that first night for dinner and grabbed a quick breakfast before dashing back to church to serve. It was a crazy fun weekend!)

On Saturday, we had a delicious breakfast at the Good Girl Eatery. Everything was perfection on a plate! I’m blessed to have a hubby who likes to share food, so we order different dishes and are able to try new things. 😉 After breakfast, we stopped by the aSHEville museum. This place is wonderful! It’s a shop with books and beautiful odds and ends made by women in the community and beyond. There is also a very interesting and informative museum there that shares history of women everywhere. The owner was super friendly and wished me an early happy birthday, she noticed my Wonder Woman shirt and asked if I had watched it yet. I told her I would be seeing it on my birthday the following Monday. (More on that below!) Just to keep from having any confusion, we visited 3 book stores while we were in Asheville. That is our idea of a vacation. 😉 The two most memorable were the Battery Park Book Exchange and that evening we visited Firestorm Books and Coffee. The latter was definitely my favorite. 🙂 I was just excited to learn that they will have online shopping soon. So I can shop anytime…this could get dangerous! 😉

Our book haul

We stopped for lunch at The Green Sage Cafe. We were still pretty full from our big breakfast, but they had the option of getting half sandwiches and in house made sweet potato chips. It was the perfect compromise for lunch. I was also impressed to see that they have a recycle system and even have a place to put items for composting. It was very impressive!

After lots of walking and bus hopping, we decided to head back to the room for a rest and read. This sounds heavenly right about now. I ended up taking a nap after reading a good bit. We then headed out for dinner at King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles. This place has chicken and waffles any way you can think of! It was very tasty! (This was below Firestorm Books. We visited the book store afterwards.) I also fell in love with Holly Golightly. They were playing her music at the cafe part of the store and I had to ask who it was. I’m so glad I did, even if I fan girl stumbled over my words. 😀 (Can I just say that I’m not big into listening to music…I haven’t been since probably college. I really have to be in the mood to listen. I’m not sure, maybe it’s because there are so many hours in the day! Maybe it’s because I enjoy reading and listening to podcasts instead…?)We then headed back to the hotel so we could get rest for our early morning. Our wonderful trip had come to an end…BUT I can’t wait to visit again soon!

Batman spotted! This place is so magical and artistic. It makes my heart happy!

As I said earlier, we celebrated my birthday on that Monday, July 10. We (finally!) watched Wonder Woman and it was everything that I dreamed of and more…SOOOO GOOOD! I can’t put into words because it won’t do it justice, that good! I found myself tearing up a few times and just feeling so happy. It’s just like the first time I saw the Wonder Woman dolls in Walmart. My little girl heart was so envious. The dolls were so fierce and amazing! I can imagine how empowered this generations girls will be because they can see that girls can do amazing things! After the movie, I got a salted caramel bubble tea and shared the tapioca pearls with D. They definitely taste like gummy bears. I think the greatest gift of all was being reunited with D after him visiting with Nana for a whole week. <3 <3 <3

Rocking my 30’s because I can!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for my birthday reflections and my Friendly Fill-in’s! Where is your favorite vacation spot? How do you celebrate bdays?

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites: Family Fun!

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It’s been a week since my last post! I can see why many fellow bloggers choose to take a break or scale back in the summer months. It can be tough to keep up with a blogging schedule when everyone is away on vacation, out enjoying the sunshine, etc.  So today will be a picture heavy post so I can play catch up. 😉

A few weeks ago, we visited Hickory Dickory Dock. It’s a local Chuck E. Cheese-esque kids play place. (It especially works for us since D is scared of Chuck E. Cheese. ;)) In my humble opinion, it was much better! Hickory Dickory Dock has a three story play place, a separate play area for kids under 5 years, an arcade, mini bowling, mini golf, and a concession stand. The funnel cake fries are the bomb dot com! 😉 D loved it so much that he wants to have his birthday party there. (I guess I better get on reserving it!)

He is so silly!

Mini golfer

Soft play area

Fearless!

The last/first weekend of June/July, we spent with our besties in Greenville. We had a tasty cook out the first evening, including smores for dessert and before we left we all went and watched Despicable Me 3 at the local cinema. The kids loved it…Not going to lie, I fell asleep! ( I think it was more so to do with my meds. :/ )

Best friends! <3

Pinterest project: Making smore dip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then traveled to Anderson and met my mom for lunch at Denny’s. Afterwards, we moved D’s stuff to mom’s car and he was off to Nana’s for the week! He wasn’t far from my thoughts though. <3

John and I went to my favorite commercial book store, Books a Million and renewed our membership and of course, got books! 😉 We then enjoyed a very quiet evening at home. I had a few days to work on projects while John was at work before our trip. It was nice to get things done and not have a tiny tornado following me! 😉 On July 4, we went super non traditional this year. We both were not feeling very patriotic given the current political climate. So we skipped the usual Independence Day festivities and went out to lunch, went to car wash, and ended the evening watching Pineapple Express.) It wasn’t your typical celebration, but I think it was just what we needed that day.

This week’s fill-in’s:

My inner child_____________________.

My favorite month is ________________.

My favorite commercial is                      ,because                                .

Personally, I don’t care for                                    .

My inner child probably gets out more often now than when I was a child! There’s a HUGE sense of freedom when you become comfortable in your own skin and I’m more comfortable now than I’ve ever been.

My favorite month is October. I just love the cool crisp Autumn nights. We always have a fun Fall bucket list to keep things interesting!

My favorite commercial is—I don’t really have a favorite commercial. The only time I really pay attention to commercials is during the Super Bowl and at Christmas. I love holiday commercials usually.

Personally, I don’t care for gossip or people making others feel inferior. Who gives anyone the right to treat someone so poorly?!

Be sure to stop by on Wednesday for my post on our trip to Asheville, NC! Now it’s your turn. Link up your finds and favorite posts of the week. Don’t forget to grab a button! (optional!)

 



 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Be safe out there!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #68 July Progress and Goals

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This week has felt super long. I think part of it is because I was waiting on the PLL finale on Tuesday and then we have the Fourth of July holiday coming up. John has a week off from work and D is going to spend a week with his Nana. We are all super excited and will definitely miss our little noisemaker while he is away.

Tomorrow is the last day of June, so it’s time for my progress report and new goals for July!

  1.  Finish cleaning out downstairs rooms
  2. Clean out closet

These two I plan to finish up this week while D is away.

3. Begin lesson planning for next school year.

I have had a slow start with this, but I was able to get started and am hoping that I’ll get even more done this week.

4. Star meal prepping on Sundays again.

This one has gone really well. I really enjoy washing our linens, prepping food, and just taking a gentle approach to our Sundays. It’s nice to have everything ready for a brand new week! 🙂

  1. Make several Goodwill trips this upcoming week as well as cleaning and organizing of each room.

I know this is a big undertaking, but I rarely have time minus D to accomplish all of these things.

2. Get our Charleston beach trip booked.

3. Begin taking yoga classes and get more information about Tai Chi classes for the family.

Since I began my new meds and am not as active now, I have been struggling with my weight. It’s not a huge thing, but I’ve gained 20 lbs much more quickly than I care to admit. I am in a mostly comfortable space in my own skin, but I just don’t feel my best. The added weight has made me more sluggish and I’m not happy about that. This is where the classes come in and pushing and encouraging myself to be more active and health conscious.

Podcast Play List

  1. Stuff You Missed in History Class, The Philadelphia MOVE Bombing

This was definitely a “stuff you missed in history class” moment for me. I’ve read many times in history that the south was not the only region that dealt with racial injustice and this is a great example. I was not aware of the MOVE Organization and this is partially due to the fact that it happened a year before I was born. (Let’s be real here. The other reasons are obvious. 1) Schools teach a very watered down version of history. It’s “convenient” to pretend that certain things didn’t happen, regarding: race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. 2) I’m a white woman who has had the privilege of not having to fight and proclaim my life matters because my country already recognizes that it does. There are areas that my country doesn’t recognize, but for the purpose of this post, this podcast is discussing race.) This whole situation was filled with many issues including many people losing their homes and belongings and having to deal with the aftermath which sounded like a hot mess to me. This is definitely worth a listen, especially if you have never heard of The Philadelphia MOVE organization and the bombing that took place.

2. Healthy Mamas Podcast, Using Naturopathic Medicine to Beat Hormone Imbalance & Nutrient Difficiencies

What can I say about this episode?! It was super informative and we have been using candles at night ever since. (More on that to come!) We also have amber glasses on our Amazon Wishlist. Are you wondering what I’m talking about? Listen to this episode. It covers so much material in such a short amount of time. If you listen to podcasts regularly and want healthy tips from another mom, you can do no wrong by subscribing to the Healthy Mamas podcast. It’s always super informative and leaves me with things to think about to improve our home and our lives as a whole. Good stuff!

3. Frontline, Povery, Politics, and Profit

This makes me so sick and angry! There are so many people out there that need help and this investigation by NPR and Frontline shows why they are not getting it.

Friendly Fill-In’s

  1. My next vacation will be this week. I’m not sure what we will do, but John will be off work and D is going to GA to spend a week with his Nana. He is so excited! We are going to miss him, but will enjoy the time of just us two and the fur babies.
  2. Fireworks are beautiful, but not everyone enjoys them. Please be mindful of other people and your pets. Keep them inside where they can feel safe.
  3. This week, I am thankful for the time that my husband and I will have together. It is so precious! <3
  4. Freedom is something that we can be thankful for each day. There are many things that I wish that could be done differently, but it doesn’t change the fact that I’m able to freely express these thoughts due to living in the USA. It’s a privilege that I try not to take for granted. 

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and Happy FOURTH of July! Be safe and have fun!

<3 Anna

Declan’s Capsule Wardrobe

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Do you remember when I shared about my capsule wardrobe? (If not, you can find that post here!) Well, today, I’m sharing our journey of going through D’s wardrobe and selecting his new capsule wardrobe. I’ll be honest, capsule wardrobes are always a work-in-progress. The reason is because you are cycling through your clothes. There will be pieces you no longer want to wear, pieces that no longer fit, pieces that have holes or stains, etc. Also it’s important to replace those items and often we don’t have the funds to buy everything all at once. If you do, more power to you! Personally, it’s best for me not to go on a clothing retail therapy trip. I always end up with things that I don’t need or that I think I like, but never wear. I’ve learned that I’m the type of person that needs to find something I love and buy piece by piece over time. I say all of this to say, you do you, boo. (Credit to January Harshe for that awesome catch phrase. ;)) All that matters is that you have less clothing to deal with and more of the clothing that best fits your own set style.

For D, I decided to just do a spring and summer capsule wardrobe and in August I’ll go through his fall and winter stuff.

This is what D has:

4 polo shirts

2 dress shirts

7 play shirts

2 pairs of jeans

2 pairs of plaid shorts

2 pairs of athletic shorts

1 pair of pjs (possibly 2)

sneakers

flip flops

dress shoes

play shoes

7 pairs of socks

10 pairs of undies

What we still need:

7 solid colored t-shirts (This will be bought from a great website, here.)

1 pair of jeans

2 pairs of khaki shorts

1 swimsuit (He has already lost one. :/)

2-3 pairs of pjs

As you can see, I’m giving D a lot more clothing options. The main reason is because he is a growing boy and he stains EVERYTHING.  Below are a few outfits from recent outings:

I plan to share John’s capsule wardrobe soon and more details on how we decided to start this journey and even more how-to’s. Stay tuned! 😉

What items would you consider necessary for a child(ren)’s capsule wardrobe?

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #67 Father’s Day 2017

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It’s been a long hard week, but we have finally made it to Friday! *happy dance* I finally feel like I’m becoming adjusted to my new meds and am feeling excited after a really good session last night with my therapist. She is truly a God send! I can’t help, but feel proud of myself for learning to take better care of me. It’s been a tough couple of years, but I’ve learned so much and being kinder to myself is helping me to better serve those around me. <3

Father’s Day is a tough holiday for me. I won’t go into all that here because I’ve done so in the past. What I will say is that others need to be mindful that not everyone has a dad they are proud of for Father’s Day. Some people have lost their dads too soon or their dad may be distant. There are many factors to consider. (The same goes for Mother’s Day!) I’m very blessed to have a wonderful husband to celebrate on that day. I also feel honored to be treated as a daughter by my father-in-law and John’s step father. There is still a hole in my heart that cannot be filled, but I am grateful for the family God has given me.

We celebrated Father’s Day by going out to lunch at Firehouse Subs, followed by frozen yogurt, and a round of mini golf. It was so fun, but HOT! (I’m so NOT a summer person!)

 

  1. A reoccurring dream I have….I don’t really have reoccurring dreams. I have had dreams in the past that have freaked me out. These were dreams about people that I didn’t know and horrible things were happening. I often wonder if the people were real and if I was unable to help them. I know, it’s weird! My dreams are especially vivid now with the meds I’m on. This doesn’t help with sleep much. I’m having to learn which ones to take at specific time to help.
  2. Turn lemons into lemonade. This is a phrase that is used often and it makes me laugh now because acid is terrible for my bladder. Lemons and lemonade would feel like battery acid to me now. I guess my phrase now would be “Turn lemons into blueberries.” 😉
  3. Meal planning has been driving me crazy! BUT I’m learning a lot from Real Plans and am excited about finding new recipes to try and the convenience of the service mostly building my shopping list for me. 🙂 More on that later!
  4. Lately, I have been watching too much tv. I fall into this pattern when I’m feeling bad/feeling depressed. I really want to get back into reading more. Last night, I turned the tv off and read for about an hour before bed. It was nice!

Now it’s your turn, friends! Link up your favorite posts of the week below! Please feel free to comment with your answers to the Friendly Fill-in’s. I would love to hear from you. Grab a button! (Optional) Also don’t forget that we are still looking for ONE more co-host to join our team! If interested, be sure to contact one of the hosts!

 



Wishing everyone a safe and fun weekend! Stay cool! 😉

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #66

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Last weekend, we had a quick GA visit to celebrate Karson’s birthday. We arrived at the tail end of the party thanks to some very bad directions, but we made it! It was fun telling Karson that he had one more present to open. 😉

My TWO Year old nephew and his beautiful momma!

After the party festivities ended, we decided to take a trip to the lake for an afternoon of water fun!

My little fish. I’m proud of how well he did. He is much braver with water than he was last year.

Karson saw some people “burying” each other in the sand and he decided he wanted to try it too. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mermaid Miya! <3

This week I have some really awesome episodes for my podcast play list. Be sure to check them out in the links below!

Podcast Play List

These four podcast episodes are all from the NEW season of Invisibilia. If you don’t currently listen to Invisibilia this is a great season to start. They are doing a new project this season and it’s unlike anything they’ve down before!

The first episode of the season is Emotions pt. 1, this episode will pull at your heart strings as it shares the story of a family who was in a car accident. The family loses their child and ends up being sued by the truck driver who was also involved in the incident.

Emotions pt. 2 shares the discovery of a new emotion and how a young woman learns about her emotions on a first date.

Reality pt. 1 This episode deals with perception. In the small town of Eagle’s Nest Township, some of the locals believe that black bears are gentle and even feed bears from their own mouths, while others are fearful. Should the locals be afraid or are they overreacting?

Reality pt. 2 In this episode, a man name Max creates an intriguing app that allows him to learn about local events from random locations. This experiment helps him to get out of his own bubble.

Friendly Fill-In’s

1)I challenge everyone to step out of your bubble this week. Shake up your routine and meet new people with interests different than your own. We can learn so much from one another.

2) I regret disposing of nothing. Maybe it’s because I’m on a minimalist/downsizing kick, but I only feel freer when I get rid of stuff.

3)I have a difficult time admitting when I need others to lean on. Usually, if I get quiet and begin isolating myself—I’m dealing with hard stuff and need others to step in. The problem is that I’m not brave enough to say that I need my friends in those times. I usually end up inadvertently pushing people away because I don’t want to be a burden. :/

4) If I were given a psychic power, I would like it to be more trusting of my own inner intuition as well. I’ve always felt sensitive to people and situations.

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Final Thought:
This weekend is Father’s Day. I’m looking forward to spending this day with my amazing husband who is a wonderful father to our son. I don’t have a father to celebrate and my great grandfather (who is the closest person I had to a father passed away August 1, 2012), this leaves me with a hurting heart for those of us who don’t have fathers to celebrate. I think things are a little easier because I have the joy and privilege of seeing my husband with our son, but my heart still longs for a Dad that cares. I will never know the love of being a daddy’s girl. All this to say that, I understand the pain of this day. Sometimes certain holidays can be a painful reminder of what we don’t have, but I hope that those like me can find a way to enjoy the day even if that means staying away from social media. Self care is so important. Maybe this year can be the year that you create a new tradition. ❤ ❤ ❤

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
❤ Anna

Appointment with Dr. Evans

Hello friends!

It seems like I had to wait forever for this appointment, but the date finally came and passed. I really loved everyone at Wake Forest Baptist-Urology. Dr. Evans was very patient with me and answered my questions. I’m thankful to have someone with his level of expertise on my team. I had a bladder scan done and it showed that I did pretty well, but that I do have more urine than usual for a person who just went to the restroom. Dr. Evans gave me a pelvic exam and further confirmed my diagnosis of Interstitial Cystitis and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

I’m now better treating my symptoms. He prescribed a higher dose of Amitriptyline, added Elmiron 3 times per day, took me off Mybetric, and added Baclofen. So far the meds seem to be working, but they make me very tired and loopy. I’m hoping my body will adjust soon. Please pray that these meds will help. I don’t want to have to attempt either of the other options.

Thanks,

Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #65

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Today, I’ll be sharing with you all some of my favorite shower/bath time products. I’ve recently become more minimalist and natural with my routine. I also wanted to mention that my appointment on Wednesday went well. (I’ll have a full update on that on next Wednesday. Stay tuned!)

Renpure Rosemary Mint cleansing conditioner is what I use on my hair. I no longer use regular shampoo and conditioner. I was so annoyed by my hair that I decided to take a risk and I’m so glad I did. So how does this work? You wet your hair in shower like normal and then you add 10-12 squirts of the conditioner. You can add a tiny bit of water to help it cover all of your hair. You then let it sit for 5 minutes and finally rinse. One more thing to note is that you should use this product 6 times and then shampoo regularly once. (This works for me because I have plenty of shampoo that I need to use up! ;)) And then start the cycle over again! I would recommend finding a good natural shampoo from a health store to keep things as natural as possible. I currently have one I need to use up as well as some commercial bottles. Once those are gone, I’ll replace them with natural shampoo.

Once upon a time I was obsessed with shower gels and then my dreams were crushed when I discovered that loofahs are crawling with bacteria and it could become crazy having to replace them so often. So I switched to bar soap and didn’t like it at all. You can imagine I was super happy when I found out that Dove had developed a foaming body wash. If I’m remembering correctly there is an original, aloe and cucumber, and sensitive skin. Due to my chronic pain, I chose sensitive skin to be on the safe side and I absolutely love it! It’s not quite a gel and not a bar soap…It’s the perfect compromise!

I use Dr. Bronner’s Lavender soap for my face. I love the scent and the fact that it keeps my face silky smooth. I bought some rose hip oil to use as moisturizer, but it’s hard to remember to use it because it must be refridgerated. I want to give it a go though because I’ve heard good things about it. My face gets scaly and dry and a good moisturizer would work wonders.

Podcast Play List

  1. The Healthy Moms Podcast, Minimalism with a Family to Decrease Stress and Clutter

This episode was so great! We are downsizing right now for this very reason and so this was like a much needed gift. It’s a wonderful discussion on how to get started and specifically includes one of the big hurdles…children! 😉

2. Code Switch, Talking Black-ish

On this episode of Code Switch, Gene and Shereen talk with the creator of Blackish, Kenya Barris and star, Yara Shahidi. It’s a sort of behind the scenes look of how they work through the creative process and happenings on the show. I was particularly interested in this episode because I had just recently started watching it. John and I are usually drawn to more dramatic shows, so we are trying to add more laughter to our lives. This show contains that, but also I heard that the episode on police brutality is very eye opening. (We haven’t reached that point yet.)

Friendly Fill-ins

1. A prop from a tv show or film I would like to own is Wow! Another tough, but good question. I’m a huge Audrey Hepburn fan so something from her would be amazing! I also love Julia Child, so something from her kitchen. If I were to go more modern, I would say something from the Grimm set or Pretty Little Liars. (They have amazing clothes! ;))

2.  My oldest friendship is Amanda B. we’ve been friends since elementary school. We don’t talk as often now, but still keep up with each other.

3. Whenever I have a bad flare, I grab my body pillow, heating pad, Deep Blue, plenty of water and get my tv on in my room to chill out. I also take my Smurf pills (blue pills;)) If I’m well enough, I’ll do a Pilates DVD specifically geared towards people with chronic pelvic pain.

4. The best thing anyone can learn is to love themselves. You may be the most compassionate person ever, but that can multiply once you accept yourself. <3

 

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Wishing you all a safe and wonderful weekend!

<3 Anna

D’s Rainbow Koala Krate

Hey guys!

Today, I’m excited to share with you all D’s latest Koala Krate! D loves getting mail, so a monthly subscription box from Nana was a wonderful idea. He gets so excited when these packages come and if I let him he would do each project all in one day! 😉

This month, D’s Koala Krate was Rainbow themed. Each crate includes materials for three projects (with instructions on how to complete each), and a magazine to expand on these projects. D and I have one last project to complete on this box. Later, today, we will make rainbow crayons. Stay tuned for pics!

In this box we made:

Stained “Glass” Art

This is proof mama isn’t getting enough sleep. He is holding the art work upside down and he put the shapes on the wrong side. :/

And there’s always time for a silly face pic!

Rainbow Dyed Tote Bag

He loved pretending to put out fires on the squares with the water dripper.

The finished bag!

Rainbow Cloud Pillow

As you can see, all of the projects are geared towards 3 to 4 year olds. (D will be 5 in September, so we won’t have too much longer with this age bracket.) The projects required minimal adult supervision.

Switching gears, You probably noticed in the background of these pics our ginormous and outdated entertainment system. I’m happy to say that over the weekend we got rid of it and re-purposed a book shelf we were no longer using.  I’m so much happier with the new look and sometimes less really is more! <3

New living room set up! (We got rid of old entertainment center–it was ginormous! And re-purposed this old book shelf.We switched tvs and big tv is in our room and smaller is downstairs now.) We need to wrangle the cords and get a couple of dvd holders, but I’m loving the new look! Less is more! <3

Do you get subscription services for your kiddo(s)? What are you currently using? What is a small change that you can make in your home today to bring some happiness there?

<3 Anna